Jun 302008

For a blogger, there is nothing that says welcome back after being on the road like finding a really good story about a major misogynist from your hometown on a seriously obscure website rather than in the morning paper where it belongs. But kudos to Ethics Daily which reports that Bruce Ware, who teaches Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY delivered a sermon that he said describes his “complementarian” view of SB theology as part of a series of sermons at the Denton (TX) Bible Church on “Biblical Manhood & Womanhood,” According to the article Ware claims that,

“One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband’s God-given authority.”

and that,

“(W)omen desire to have their own way instead of submitting to their husbands because of sin.”


“And husbands on their parts, because they’re sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged–or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches,”

Now aren’t you sorry you didn’t crawl out of bed on Sunday morning to hear that spew?

 June 30, 2008  Posted by on June 30, 2008 6 Responses »
Jun 242008

And yet another fine reason why the military is bad for women:

“While women make up 14 percent of Army personnel, 46 percent of those discharged under the policy last year were women. And while 20 percent of Air Force personnel are women, 49 percent of its discharges under the policy last year were women.

By comparison for 2006, about 35 percent of the Army’s discharges and 36 percent of the Air Force’s were women, according to the statistics.

The information was gathered under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a policy advocacy organization.”

 June 24, 2008  Posted by on June 24, 2008 Comments Off on Impact of Dont’ Ask Don’t Tell On Women
Jun 242008

Little doubt that one of the all-time things that screams vulnerability is lying flat on your back in a hospital bed with your feet in stirrups, likely with all manner of monitoring equipment and an IV attached, having childbirth contractions every few seconds. And that is exactly where the American Medical Association wants women to be when they give birth. A recent resolution calling for states to outlaw homebirths calls for members to,

“(S)upport state legislation that helps ensure safe deliveries and healthy babies by acknowledging of the concept that the safest setting for labor, delivery and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the AAP and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers.”

“(T)he original version of the resolution included the following language specifically attacking Ricki Lake: “Whereas, There has been much attention in the media by celebrities having home deliveries, with recent Today Show headings such as ‘Ricki Lake takes on baby birthing industry: Actress and former talk show host shares her at-home delivery in new film.””

The reference to Lake has been taken out after a huge outcry. In a response to the bizarre reference to her, Lake asks,

“What are they so afraid of?

Just last week, Medical News Today reports that “about 8.2% of infants born in the US in 2005 had low birth weights, the highest percentage since 1968.” US infant mortality rates continue to rank us below 30 other countries, 22% of pregnancies are induced, and most worrisome of all, in the last 4 years, the maternal mortality rate has risen above 10 per 100,000 for the first time since 1977. To us, these seem like the troubling trends, not home birth.”

Add to that the sky-rocketing use of c-sections in this country.

Are homebirths dangerous? True, sometimes problems arise with homebirths, but I do not recall reading anything about a rash of deaths because women choose not to give birth in a hospital. And the urge to push (sorry) for hospital births is hardly universal, read here for the conclusion of a British study issued in April, 2007:

>“The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) support home birth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. There is no reason why home birth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families. There is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both satisfying and safe, with implications for her health and that of her baby.”

So let’s be clear–this resolution has nothing to do with infant or maternal health, what this is about is the AMA’s power-hungry delusion that they are the keepers of health and that they deserve to maximally profit from a process that in many cases does not require their services at all.

 June 24, 2008  Posted by on June 24, 2008 Comments Off on AMA Wants To Outlaw Home Births
Jun 232008

From IRIN:

“Most women arriving in parts of the province of Kasai Occidental in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among a new wave of some 27,000 deportees from Angola, have been sexually abused, a local health official said.

“There are many injured people and 80 percent of the women [who arrived] had been raped,” Pierre Didi Mpata, a doctor and director of an NGO running a local health centre in Kamako village. The village is located along the Congolese border with Angola.”

 June 23, 2008  Posted by on June 23, 2008 Comments Off on 80% Of Female Angolan Deportees Arriving In the DRC Have Been Raped
Jun 202008

From IRIN:

“According to the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) State of the World’s Children Report 2008, Bangladesh has the worst maternal mortality rate (MMR) in South Asia at 570 per 100,000 live births.

In comparison, the rates in neighbouring India and Pakistan are 450 and 320 respectively, the report states.

According to Bangladesh’s 2007 Demographic and Health Survey, 21,000 mothers die annually of pregnancy and childbirth-related causes, principally because skilled birth attendants account for just 13 percent of all deliveries in Bangladesh, according to government health experts.

The problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas, where more than 75 percent of the country’s 150 million inhabitants live.

“Eighty percent of maternal deaths happen in the countryside,” said Sabera Khatun of the department of gynaecology and obstetrics at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka. “Medical facilities have not reached the rural areas as extensively as they should.”

Most women die of haemorrhaging, followed by anaemia, hypertensive disorders, obstructed labour and abortion, explained Ferdousi Begum of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”

 June 20, 2008  Posted by on June 20, 2008 Comments Off on Bangladesh Has Worst Maternal Mortality Rate In South Asia